The Louis L. Manderino Library is committed to providing the resources needed tosupport the research needs of Cal U students and faculty. This includes a substantial collection of electronic and print journals, books (including e-books), online research databases, audiovisual materials (DVDs, CDs, streaming digital video), and U.S. and Pennsylvania government documents. In addition to our collections, the library provides both individual and collaborative study areas, including private rooms for group use. To help reduce the stress of studying, the library has vending machines with drinks and snacks, a collection of popular DVDs, a graphic novel collection, and a selection of popular reading books.
Computerized information retrieval has made library research faster, more thorough and more efficient. Using the library's online public access catalog, students can quickly locate books, audiovisual materials or government documents in the library's collection. Cal U students have access to an impressive collection of more than 47,000 online, full-text periodical titles. We also offer online books and reference resources (encyclopedias, literary resources, etc.).
All of the library's electronic resources are accessible from on- and off-campus locations. This allows students to do research from anywhere they have Internet access. Since the library seeks to provide the best resources for our students, please visit the library's website at www.library.calu.edu to see the most current list and descriptions of our electronic resources.
Reference Services and Library Instruction
With so many resources and so much content available, it can be daunting to know how to find appropriate information efficiently. Our friendly reference librarians are available (in the library or by telephone, email, chat or text) to help guide students in their research. Cal U librarians are faculty members and work with classroom professors to provide instruction to students regarding the effective use of library resources in their coursework. Students are also welcome to seek additional research help by scheduling an individual appointment with a librarian.
Shared Library Resources and Interlibrary Loan
In addition to our own collections, Cal U participates in several resource sharing
programs that offer our patrons a wealth of additional resources. The course reserves
system allows Cal U professors to make books and other materials available for student
use in the library. If Manderino Library does not have the book a student needs, he
or she can go online and use the E-ZBorrow system to request books from scores of
academic libraries in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and New York. This system
is both fast and free. If a desired item still cannot be found, students can submit
a request to the library's Interlibrary Loan Office, which will search even more widely